UAE leads 35-nation UN initiative to support Moroccan Sahara

The Special Envoy of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva lent his support to the sovereignty of Morocco over the southern provinces on behalf of 35 countries, and welcomed the opening of consulates in the cities of Laayoune and Dakhla, considering it a lever to strengthen economic and investment cooperation for the benefit of the local population.

At the 51st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the United Arab Emirates spoke on behalf of the States of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Comoros, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, the Kingdom of Estonia, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Jordan, Liberia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Senegal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, Zambia and Maldives and Yemen.

The Group welcomes the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new envoy of the UN Secretary-General, the Special Envoy added, noting that the Sahara conflict is a political conflict that is being addressed by the Security Council, which recognizes the priority of the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco.

The Palestinian self-government plan is credible, the spokesman noted, adding that the political process is exclusive to the United Nations, and Mistura promised to return it on the basis of the round tables held in Geneva, recalling the 2602 resolution aimed at achieving a realistic political solution.

The UAE special envoy to the Human Rights Council stressed that the resolution of the dispute will contribute to the realization of the legitimate aspirations of the African and Arab peoples for development, stressing that this has been a permanent goal for Morocco and it seeks to make efforts to achieve it.

For many years, Morocco has engaged in a constructive, voluntary and in-depth interaction with the United Nations human rights system, the UAE diplomat said; In particular, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with a view to promoting and respecting human rights throughout the national territory of the Kingdom of Morocco.

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